Clematis 'Princess Diana'
Common Name: clematis
Type: Vine
Family: Ranunculaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 6.00 to 8.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to September
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Tolerate: Deer, Black Walnut

Culture

Grow in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Roots should be kept cool, shaded and uniformly moist. This vine appreciates a thick root mulch. Initial bloom occurs on the current year’s growth, but late summer bloom occurs on new growth. Prune back hard (to approximately 8-12” from the ground) to strong leaf buds in late winter to early spring to rejuvenate. Needs an adequate supply of nutrients during the growing season to support the rush of growth.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Princess Diana’ is a deciduous, small-flowering, climbing clematis vine that typically grows 6-8’. It features tulip-shaped, deep pink flowers (to 2.5” long) with paler pink margins. Profuse summer bloom typically occurs from June to September. Flowers are followed by silky seed heads. Pinnately trifoliolate medium green foliage. This cultivar is a hybrid cross between C. texensis and C. ‘Bees Jubilee’. Cultivar name honors Diana, Princess of Wales.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Clematises are susceptible to stem rot and wilt which can be fatal.

Garden Uses

This clematis can be trained to climb a wall, trellis, fence, arbor, porch, lamppost or other stationary structure. It provides good architectural height and framework for small gardens. It can also be planted to sprawl over and through large shrubs, over old tree stumps or simply as a ground cover in conjunction with other flowering perennials. Large containers.